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Red
2016 Bevan Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard Oakville
7/25/2019 - webbaker Likes this wine:
97 points
Couldn't resist drinking a bottle. Far too young, but actually pretty open. Tannins are very firm, of course, fruit is muted. This has all the stuff of great wine, maybe 99 points at maturity. Into the cellar you go.
  • webbaker commented:

    8/6/19, 3:35 AM - oh, I'd probably guess a couple of years. But, these wines are built to last, so 10 years in the cellar would be even better.

Red
2015 Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
10/24/2018 - webbaker Likes this wine:
97 points
Bevan continues to knock it out of the park. I don't generally like reds with predominantly cabernet franc and merlot, but this was fantastic. Leaning towards the aromatic side (no surprise). Bravo.
  • webbaker commented:

    10/24/18, 1:31 PM - I haven't yet, but have a couple of bottles inbound. Looks like another winner.

Red
2010 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve Napa Valley
12/29/2016 - webbaker wrote:
90 points
Looking back at my previous tasting note, I see that the previous bottle also had a barnyard aroma. Tasted like a much older wine, old dried up fruit, leather. Somewhat disappointing.
  • webbaker commented:

    12/30/16, 5:02 AM - Yes, I've noticed this aroma in Bordeaux wines, more rarely in CA cabs. I'd tasted it in Seavey cabernet, which is right up the road from CVV, but only in one particular year. I don't consider it to be a flaw and could easily see that others find it appealing. Cheers!

Red
2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
7/26/2016 - webbaker Likes this wine:
91 points
Pop-n-pour then consumed over the next 24. Substantially different than the 2012 or 2013, much less of a fruit bomb, stronger aromatics. Make no mistake, this is still Caymus, lots of fruit.
  • webbaker commented:

    7/26/16, 4:46 AM - Caymus has always been a love it or hate it proposition. People who like the over the top fruit forward nature of '12 & '13 may find this vintage disappointing. People who hated that may find this vintage more appealing. My experience tasting Caymus out of my cellar has been that these very fruit wines age very nicely and tend to be quite excellent after about 6-8 years in the cellar, with the fruit dropping down and showing more balance. I also think Caymus releases too early and people start tasting a wine that really needs more age. As usual, patience is rewarded. Enjoy, web

Red
2000 Ch√Ęteau Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/7/2015 - webbaker wrote:
flawed
One of the strangest wines I've tasted in recent memory. Decanted about 8 hours. Thin, dessicated, very little fruit. Improved somewhat over the next couple of days. I'd probably give this an 80, but I'm going to assume this bottle was bad, perhaps stored in a hot warehouse for years. It wasn't corked and didn't really taste oxidized. Not a pleasurable tasting experience.
  • webbaker commented:

    7/8/15, 7:54 AM - yep, that's certainly possible. My experience with TCA has always been so overwhelming that it was obvious.

  • webbaker commented:

    7/8/15, 8:00 AM - Thanks for the tip.

  • webbaker commented:

    7/9/15, 5:53 AM - No sign of that in the 1 (of 3) bottle that I opened. Cork was very sound with very little penetration, no seepage at all. Thanks for the info.

Red
2007 Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Rutherford
5/6/2014 - webbaker Likes this wine:
94 points
Multiple tastings with consistent notes. Best FFV I've had, 2007 rocks, other vintages not as much. Excellent fruit profile, nice balance.
  • webbaker commented:

    5/9/14, 4:22 AM - I don't have any experience drinking FFVR with a lot of age on it. I prefer younger wines with a gobs of fruit (like this, now) rather than wines with that old leather, tawny taste. RP considers 07 to be an early maturing vintage and my experience is consistent with that. Looking at other wines with very high aging potential (Hobbs Beckstoffer To-Kalon, Seavey), I don't see the kind of tannic profile or fruit depth to suggest this one is built for the ages. I think it is at its plateau right now and will remain there 5 years, easily. I've tasted several Napa cabs in the last couple of years that kind of fall apart around 10 years. HTH.

Red
2010 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
12/12/2012 - webbaker Likes this wine:
93 points
Second tasting with consistent notes. Bright fruit aromas. Better than the 2011.
  • webbaker commented:

    12/13/12, 4:10 AM - I did not drink them side by side, but on consecutive days. It seemed to me that the 10 had more intense fruit aroma and a longer finish.

Red
1997 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/17/2011 - Christoffer78 wrote:
95 points
(Tasted in a flight with 1997 Von Strasser Cabernet Sauvignon, 1997 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon and 1997 Harlan Estate.) A first sniff, no decanting, on this to-be-beauty actually revealed very expressive tones of cow manure. After about 15 minutes these tones disappeared and were replaced by a slight green tone lovely fruit, crushed minerals and a pleasant balance between tannins and acidity. Highly recommended. (Score is 95-96)
  • webbaker commented:

    11/22/12, 6:39 AM - I had a similar tasting experience with the aroma of cow manure.

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